This space holds the opportunities for many different activities. Most of the day, it's open like the photo. The children can hop/jump/walk on the colored circles as they wish. It also holds our FAMILY wall: a collection of the children's family photos. These photos are laminated and attached to the wall with velcro. This allows the children to take their family photo off the wall whenever they would like. Some children need/want to gaze upon their family's faces throughout the day as a way to stay connected to them.  Finally, this is our circle time area. The children gather here on their colored mats to read stories, sing songs, do small group activities, and so much more! 

At Twinkeling Stars, we believe in allowing children to have access to art materials as often as they like. Children are able to create 3-D art, cut, glue, draw, write, and play with play dough on this writing/art area throughout the day. Throughout the year, new materials are added to the area as the children show interest in different aspects of writing and art. 

At Twinkeling Stars, we believe in allowing children to have access to art materials as often as they like. Children are able to create 3-D art, cut, glue, draw, write, and play with play dough on this writing/art area throughout the day. Throughout the year, new materials are added to the area as the children show interest in different aspects of writing and art. 

At Twinkeling Stars, we believe in allowing children to have access to art materials as often as they like. Children are able to create 3-D art, cut, glue, draw, write, and play with play dough on this writing/art area throughout the day. Throughout the year, new materials are added to the area as the children show interest in different aspects of writing and art. 

Books are more cherished than toys here! The children are offered a large variety of books on a daily basis, and we read at least four books a day together! Books are used as a learning tools, and are the main foundation of our curriculum. Children have access to books on CD (or Kinde in our case), paper back, hard cover, board books, and books from the local library. Books are changed out weekly, and favorites are read again and again. The children have plenty of soft areas to sit in the reading area, and are encouraged to sit or lay however they feel most comfortable to explore the beauty of the written word. 

Sensory play is an essential tool for children in the early childhood age. Children first learn through their senses, and continue to use their senses to learn throughout their entire childhood. Not only are children drawn to the sensory table, but they learn about volume, gravity, measuring, filling and dumping, and so much more as they explore the material provided. The sensory material is changed out weekly in order to have a thorough cleaning, and this allows children to experience and learn something new each week. This space in the classroom also contains a felt board and magnetic board for children to explore. 

Dramatic play allows children to process their world. It is an essential part of a child's development, and fits perfectly into a family child care setting. While dramatic play is not impossible to do individually, it is enhanced when done with peers. It gives children the opportunity to problem solve, practice negotiation, and treat each other with kindness and respect. Children are encouraged to engage in dramatic play through dress-up attire, musical instruments, scarves, play kitchen materials, and various large dramatic play set ups that are set for the children throughout the year. 

Blocks, toys buckets, and large cars are located on this shelf. It also contains water bottles for the children as well as a visual timer for their use in sharing agreements. The toy buckets are switched out and cleaned on a weekly rotation schedule, which provides variety as well as sanitation. Children are encouraged to use the blocks in their play anywhere in the classroom, and are often found to be extremely creative in their engineering skills. 

This small area of the classroom packs a lot of learning opportunities into one section. The light table is utilized for a new activity every week. Some weeks the light is turned on so that the children can explore light with transparent and semi transparent objects. Sometimes the light is off and the children are offered a science or math activity to explore solo or with a peer. This are also contains a sharing wall, which contains pictures of the children using different sharing tactics. Children are referred to this space when they need help negiotiating a sharing problem. Finally, this space contains puzzles of various difficulty. Out of reach of toddlers, preschool aged children are able to reach the puzzles that they would like. 

Loose parts is an educational phrase that describes materials that do no have a set purpose. For example, buttons, acorns, spools and PVC pipes can be considered loose parts. Children who have access to loose parts are able to create unlimited play scenarios, and are becoming problem solvers. 

A small bathroom attached to the classroom allows children to use the bathroom anytime they feel the need. It also allows the teacher the ability to help children, change diapers, etc. without losing supervision of the students. 

CONTACTS

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2198 Redtail Dr.

Neenah, WI 54956

920-420-6605

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